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Is duke more presitigious in the South/Northeast?

twinkletoes23twinkletoes23 Registered User Posts: 818 Member
edited March 2007 in Duke University
I'm from Wisconsin and when I tell people I'm going to Duke, they're all like... Oh yeah, they have a good basketball team. I mean people know it's a good school, but they don't really know the academic part of it other than the basketball part.
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Replies to: Is duke more presitigious in the South/Northeast?

  • nmehta4nmehta4 Registered User Posts: 916 Member
    well its definetly more prestigious in the south... i live down here and its seen very highly both basketball and academics
  • nct3nct3 Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    As a resident of NC, I can tell you that people around here definitely realize that Duke's strong academics, not just the basketball team. I can't speak for the northeast, but I'm sure employers etc. will realize its prestige.
  • BAEBAE Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Well, I'm from SC and I get the feeling that Duke is considered the Ivy of the South. Most people where I live would be more impressed with Duke than some Ivies. This is probably because I come from a state with one of the worst public education systems in the country; people actually graduating from high school are a minority (49.2% in 2004). So you can imagine that we don't send many far away.
  • nmehta4nmehta4 Registered User Posts: 916 Member
    where do u live in sc
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 18,013 Senior Member
    I live in a sophisticated New England suburb and Duke is DEFINITELY viewed as first rate.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,912 Super Moderator
    Most NC residents think Duke is a good school but overrated (read: too expensive). I've heard more than a few people refer to it as the University of New Jersey at Durham. :rolleyes:
  • CoolaTroopaCoolaTroopa . Posts: 1,170 Senior Member
    In NY, Duke is definitely considered a top school!
  • andrw313andrw313 Registered User Posts: 701 Member
    Im from Wisconsin too. Where in Wisconsin are u from? It's viewed very highly here in my Milwaukee suburb of Mequon.
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    Almost all schools are considered more prestigious in the areas they are near. At least, that's how it is where I grew up.
  • bluedevil1027bluedevil1027 Registered User Posts: 442 Member
    Yep I second that sentiment that SC public schools are sh**ty
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,161 Senior Member
    My daughter is applying to all the Ivies and Duke. Her college counselor told her that Duke would be a stretch for her, but with a good chance with many of the Ivies. We are from NJ, and she is in a private school that places 30% in Ivies, so that'll tell you how Duke is regarded.
  • SBRSBR Registered User Posts: 2,780 Senior Member
    Wow, didn't quite realize New Jerseyans regard Duke so highly oldfort 0.o

    But yeah, Duke is definitely considered a top school where I come from (DE, tristate area). Ppl here definitely consider it on par with most of the Ivies.
  • bandmombandmom Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    When I was at Duke (eons ago), we laughed off the the comparison that "Duke is the Harvard of the South." Our belief was that Harvard was "the Duke of the North" :)
  • seahorse_05seahorse_05 Registered User Posts: 689 Member
    I still say that Harvard is the "Duke of the North"

    And when I lived in Vermont (until this past summer), I generally got a "good response" from those who found out I was going to Duke. Except for one girl. It made sense, though... generally when you're the child of a man who played basketball for Carolina (at the same time as Michael Jordan, no less), hearing the word "Duke" illicits a rather negative response.
  • thethoughtprocessthethoughtprocess Registered User Posts: 4,167 Senior Member
    Duke is definetely known as one of the top schools in the country wherever you go...but kids who don't care about how good schools are academically won't recognize any of the top schools, but will still recognize the name Duke because of Dick Vitale touting it to be so good on ESPN. IMO Duke's rep in New England is like Dartmouth/Brown's rep in the South - people know its an elite school, but aren't that familiar with it.

    It doesn't have the international recognition of HYPS or Berkeley does, but does that really matter? Employers/grad schools/everyone who matters knows how good it is.
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